I am sharing my huge congratulations to Mélisande Short-Colomb, and The Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics!
Méli, the core of storytelling that shapes your work is an essential gift in narrative for all the 'undiscussed' to be given as fodder for immersive investigation.
Although we, as arts community, are deep in envisioning how to build out in a landscape of Zoom, through digital tools for theatrical performance, it is artists such as yourself -through core support of The Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics, which lives in ethic of social justice, making sure that Creatives, experimenting in new ways of connecting discourse with dynamic visual aesthetic, can maintain their artistic intentionality- that allows for such work as Méli's to blaze as fire, in an unflinching poignancy of truths.
It is my pleasure to spread the word of The Lab's coalition, gathered in support of Mélisande Short-Colomb, who has written and will perform in the extraordinary production, HERE I AM.
Mélisande Short-Colomb is a direct descendant of Abraham Mahoney and Mary Ellen Queen who were among the 314 members of the group known today as the GU272, enslaved people owned and sold by the Maryland Jesuits in 1838 to rescue Georgetown University from insolvency and bankruptcy.
Backed by a gifted artistic team, which includes Grammy-nominated jazz artist Somi who will perform original music in HERE I AM, this theatrical journey explores Colomb’s loving and complicated relationship with the institution that enslaved her ancestors, and has been her home since she entered as a freshman in 2017 at age 63.
The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, and I, invite you to watch this premiere production online April 13-17 (opening on April 13th).
This is the link to the webpage, with information about tickets, and this immersive journey!